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November 18th-21st


For those of you who have been fortunate enough to attend a SSSS conference, we all know how much we look forward to being together every year . . . to form new friendships, network with colleagues, reminisce with long-time friends, and so much more! 

We all want to be together again, but we also know the safety and health of our members, conference attendees, and the residents of Puerto Rico are of the utmost importance. Since the conference is near the end of the calendar year, SSSS is continuing to monitor the situation, and will make a definitive decision on an in-person conference mid-year.  


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Laura Widman, PhD


Dr. Laura Widman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Professor of Psychology, and the Area Coordinator for the Applied Social and Community Psychology PhD program at North Carolina State University. She completed her PhD from the University of Tennessee and a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/STD prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Widman’s research is focused on adolescent sexual communication and the use of technology-based interventions to improve sexual health among vulnerable populations. She also has an affinity for meta-analyses and has published several highly cited meta-analyses to review the literature on adolescent sexual communication and sexual health interventions for youth and parents. Dr. Widman serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sex Research and the Archives of Sexual Behavior. She is also a co-author on the undergraduate human sexuality textbook, Our Sexuality

Eric Schrimshaw, PhD

Dr. Eric W. Schrimshaw is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine which he joined in July 2019. Before joining UCF, he spent 22 years at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Sociomedical Sciences. With a PhD in social/personality psychology, Dr. Schrimshaw’s research is focused on LGBT health disparities and HIV prevention and treatment. His past research includes studies of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents, HIV-positive women and older adults, behaviorally-bisexual men, use of pornography by gay and bisexual men, and use of hook-up apps by gay and bisexual men. Dr. Schrimshaw’s research makes extensive use of longitudinal designs and a mixed-methods approach that features both online surveys as well as in-depth qualitative interviewing to understand health behaviors. His research makes frequent use of social media marketing campaigns for participant recruitment, data collection, and retention. He currently serves as PI on three current NIH R01 studies funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities including studies of sexual scripts among gay and bisexual youth (with Dr. Ellen Benoit), male sex workers who meet partners on hook-up apps (with Dr. Karolynn Siegel), and protective factors for suicide among young lesbian and bisexual women (with Dr. Lindsay Taliaferro). 

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Abstract Submissions
Abstract Submissions

Call for Abstracts!

You're invited to submit an abstract showcasing your best work!

Abstract Submission Guide

Begin your Submission Here

DEADLINE: April 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST)

(Updates can be made to your submission until April 23, 2021)


Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST)

(Updates can be made to your submission until April 29, 2021)

New Opportunities within the Abstract Submission Process:

Travel Grant Application

Open to Early Career Professionals from Marginalized Groups

Learn More

"In Memoriam" Symposium

Create a set of presentations inspired by a leader in the field of sexuality who we recently lost. When submitting your symposium, include "in memoriam" information as part of the brief description of the overall symposium (in the abstract text section).

Special Concurrent Session in Spanish

Este año planificamos tener al menos una sesión concurrente en español. Si desea presentar en español, puede someter el Resumen de su trabajo en español.

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Abstract Updates & Decision Notifications
Abstract Updates & Decision Notifications

Abstract Submission Updates

Updates can be made to submissions until April 23, 2021 April 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST). This includes the presentation title, abstract, authors/co-authors, degrees, affiliations, etc. Abstract submissions CANNOT be updated after this date. 

Abstract Decision Notifications

Abstract decision email notifications will be sent to the lead author/presenter (person who submitted the abstract) in early-June. The lead author/presenter will be asked to forward the decision notification to the co-authors/co-presenters (if applicable). 

If you DO NOT receive your email notification by mid-June please check your spam/junk folders. If you cannot locate your email notification after looking in your spam/junk folder, please contact SSSS.

Lead Author/Presenter

(person who submitted the abstract)

If information from your profile changes (name, email address, affiliation, etc.), update your profile in the abstract portal (open until April 23 29), to ensure the abstract decision email notification reaches you.


The abstract decision email notification will be sent to the lead author/presenter (person who submitted the abstract) in early-June. If the email was not forwarded to you, reach out to the lead author/presenter regarding the decision notification.  

Abstract Submission Updates / Profile Updates: Update your Submission Here

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Discounted Registration Rates
Discounted Registration Rates

SSSS offers discounted registration rates to members for the Annual Conference & Continuing Education.

Why wait until registration opens to become a SSSS Member? 

A SSSS Membership is from January to December. Start receiving your benefits all year long!

Join/Renew Today!

Journal of Sex Research Subscription - Join a SIG - Mentorship Program - And More!

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Presenter Registration: Open from September 1 – 24, 2021. 

The Conference Planning Committee will need to finalize the 2021 Conference Program, so we need to have all presenter registrations completed by September 24, 2021. If SSSS does not receive your registration by September 24, 2021, we will assume you will not be attending the conference, and will remove your presentation from the 2021 Annual Conference Program. 

General Registration: Open from September 1 – November 12. 

Registration Rates will be posted here soon - - visit often for up-to-date information.  

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A preliminary agenda will be posted here soon - - visit often for up-to-date information. 

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Continuing Education
Continuing Education

Continuing Education details will be posted here soon - - visit often for up-to-date information. 

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Hotel Information
Hotel Information

Support SSSS by staying at the host hotel! The host hotel offers a discounted group rate to conference registrants. If you are thinking of looking at other options, please know that SSSS is contracted with the hotel for a specific number of rooms. SSSS is penalized if the hotel room contract is not met. 

The Annual Conference provides an opportunity for SSSS to continue its mission! SSSS Mission Statement

We are asking all conference attendees to support SSSS, and one small way to do this is to book your stay at the host hotel! 

A link to book your stay at the host hotel will be posted here soon - - visit often for up-to-date information.  

Royal Sonesta San Juan

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Abstract Portal will Reopen in Late Summer!
Abstract Portal will Reopen in Late Summer!

Member Posters

SSSS will open the abstract portal again in late summer! 

We invite SSSS Members to submit their late breaking work and/or work in progress that was not ready during the regular call for abstracts. 

Member Poster details will be posted in August 2021 - - visit often for up-to-date information.  

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Ambassador Program
Ambassador Program

The 2021 Ambassador Program application will be available September 1st - - visit often for up-to-date information. 

Ambassador Program Information

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